In other words–OMG!–yesterday was “Gnome and squid get their internet back today! Yay!” Day. So, the tentacle-made studios (and by extension Hemlock House) are wireless running the universe again! \o/
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, I’ve been promising a Reception-y debrief, and now, there’s also an ArtiGras debrief to subject y’all to.
Sooooooooooooooooooo–IT ALL WENT INCREDIBLY WELL!
The reception for spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouementwas fairly well-attended considering NorthCoast Gallery is new gallery in Green Bay (and I’m a relatively young, somewhat-known artist), and the reception was on a Thursday night (which if y’all don’t know, is the traditional day to have a reception for a show).
We even had a little bit of an international contingent (i.e., a Gnome-side-of-the-family was in the states from Germany).
ArtiGras was a fairly decent event. People weren’t buying a lot, but I did manage to sell a few things, which is nice. Have to pay the bills somehow, right? <–Speaking of, I sold at piece at my reception!
…I think I’m going to go collapse somewhere for awhile. I have my semesterly Humanities presentation for Gnome’s class tomorrow (I’m doing two this semester!), and I should probably do things like read my notes and make sure I can follow my own presentation.
So, yeah, I went to see Savage-a-Go-Go last Friday with the lovely Miss Z, of Knits by Zoe.
(NB: The next Savage-a-Go-Go show is November 30th; if you’re in Wisconsin–I don’t care where you are–y’all should come.)
It was A-MAZ-ING! Seriously, like whoa. The music was fantastic; there was a nice mix of silly and sensuous and gore (It was a Halloween show after all.). The ladies (and gentlemen, ’cause there’s a few lads) are all incredibly talented and are having a fabulous time.
So, this is Ruby Stardust performing at the Bustin’ Out show in September. I couldn’t find a good picture from the Halloween show. *meh*
Ruby does this interesting mix of Middle Eastern Dance combined with Krunk and Pop-Lock. To Dubstep. Seriously. This routine was to Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”
That is maybe my only complaint: not always being able to track down songs that I really like later. Some I’ve heard recently enough that I can track them down, but sometimes, I’ve only heard them a couple of times.
I WANT PLAYLISTS DAMMIT!
…of course, they could totally be posted on the Facebook page, and I just don’t stalk it enough to see. <–Facebook makes my head hurt a lot of the time, tbh. *should probably go look*
And, a video of one of their other performances!
Okay, so on the squid-art front, I’ve been spinning through just about everything I have to spin that I haven’t already cleaned, carded, and dyed. *sigh* That’s going to be happening soon, isn’t it? *eyes studio warily*
Please, don’t mind the mess. My studio desperately needs to be cleaned and reorganized. Again.
I also have some commission spinning waiting for me, but I’ve been having problems sitting down to do it (probably because it doesn’t have a due date).
I WILL SPIN ON IT TONIGHT! *is resolved, see my Resolved Face?*
But, that’s because it’s the new Quarter at the ARTgarage Meet The Artist–thingie. So, yeah, I’ll be there demo-ing in my corner feeling kinda meh because, most of the time, people are interested in seeing me spin rather than seeing my art. <–The problem in being a conceptual artist in Wisconsin, yo. *is kinda frustrated*
So, yeah, if y’all are free tonight–and, ya know, in the area–Opening at the ARTgarage from 5-8.
And, since we’re chatting about the ARTgarage, my November Bookmaking class (Nov. 10th and 11th) is running. I think the book-types are going to be insta-book, accordion/concertina, pamphlet, basic codex, Japanese stab-binding, and altered (via folding). What do y’all thing? Good types that can easily be worked from?
Also, because I actually don’t suck for once, it seems like my November drop spindle class is running too (Nov. 13th)!
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD?
Okay, enough of that. I swear I am working on art, but it’s all in these really weird early forms at the moment that I haven’t taken pictures of. Soon, my precious. Soon.
And, I still owe y’all a poetry post. <–Which may very well relate to my next Quarter’s offerings.
Really, honestly, it’s been going on since I got up ridiculously late today.
And, yeah, y’all did read art!hangover. I get hangovers from strange things (e.g., arting, people, people), but interestingly, I don’t get normal hangovers from drinking. Mostly, because I have a ludicrously high tolerance so that it takes so long to get me even going on a good buzz that I get bored with drinking and I find something else to do. Or the party ends. Whichever comes first.
So, yeah, the art!hangover has to do with the change of quarter at the ARTgararge combined with a massive funk that took up most of the last two months, so the last week has been a Case of the Amazing Arting Squid (coming soon to a theatre near you).
The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:
a little sea-woman (not really, just a stupid girl)
all operatic beauty and siren-song strength
(there’s always a Before—Before always seems
like a place to have remained if we were sane
rather than rapid, rabid liminality)
then–oh, then–a glance, a rescue
and it’s all idiotic love-at-first-sight
and forego present-identity
for the encompassing ambiguity
of the Loved-Self
destined for 300 years
that ends in sea-foam dissolution and
enter the Sea Witch
driving a hard (maybe cruel)
eternity and salvation available only
through idiotic romantic love
through true loves kiss
(because, of course,
she is Abomination and Fallen
not because she’s Mer
but because she’s a She)
fins to sword-sharp, rending
voice for legs
like Morse Code
self-sacrifice and transmutation
sword-sharp pain to legs to dancing
(because there’s always a
lateral trade in these things)
Mer to something not-quite human (simian)
fish to ape
…and there’s betrayal–
there’s always betrayal–
and betrayal breeds betrayal
dancing to heartbreak
(not everyone knows that its possible
to die from heartbreak
the walking wounded
missing more parts than in that
and all that’s left is more betrayal
the only salvation is blood and death
betrayal and another’s heartache
(there’s a lot of betrayal)
knife to blood to pain to legs to fins again
of course, yet–
because she’s heroic and stupidly in-love
and some oddly skewed feminist ideal
of courage and curiosity and so much
so, there’s no betrayal;
instead there’s suicide and sea foam
water sprite to air elemental
sacrifice and suicide and 300 years of
playing some sort of St. Nicholas scavenger hunt
(for the naughty and nice)
gains some sort of salvation
that a heartless god denies those of
The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:
tell me about the bodies
drug from the water
track-lines and bruises visible on
pale, mutilated flesh.
tell me a story
because we are all
left in the wreckage
tell me a story
spanning a 1001 days, a 1001 nights
tell me about the bodies
drug from your memory
graceful lines and shadows
full lives lead in echoes of you
The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:
This piece was actually inspired by Spiritflesh by 1001cranes.
That one’s really more Tuttle-esque in that it’s more about the shadows being cast than the shapes themselves.
Okay, I’m going to go. I’ll try not to be such a slacker.
Before I get bogged into the crazy that my art practice has been for the last bit, I just wanted to mention to Green Bay area peoples that tomorrow night is Gallery Nite, so if y’all want to come and chat with me in person, meet the girls from Hello Purl or Zoe from Knits by Zoe, or really just see a whole bunch of art, y’all should come to Gallery Nite.
Really, for those of you playing at home, I haven’t been getting much more done that spinning art-yarn and some writing.
Although, I did teach my first drop spindle class at the ARTgarage last week. It went really well, like, really well. The drop spindles I made worked just fine, and I had plenty of material for the students, which go squid!
…really, I need to make more drop spindles. *sigh* Sanding is so not my favorite thing.
So, ArtStreet was fun and I picked up some fiber to spin from Hello Purl and picked up some commission spinning, which was one of the strangest things I think I’ve ever done, but it’s spun, plied, and ready to be handed of to it’s owner at Gallery Nite.
Of course, I don’t think I took a picture of the art batt I got at ArtStreet before I spun it up.
And, y’all get to see how just messy my office desk is all the time. Although, now, it’s being protected by four of The Avengers in bobble-head form.
The commission spinning went well (because commission spinning is cool like bowties and fezs but not like stetsons).
I also got this obnoxious thing spun. Really, this stuff just sucked to spin.
I’m not going to subject y’all to the writing today, though y’all might like it. I do have a bit of talent with words with all that education I have, but yeah, this is what I’ve been doing during my Funk to End All Funks.
I’m not sure it’s better, but I’m freaking out about so many other things that I’m getting art and writing stuff done in self-defense.
Because I freak out like no one y’all have ever met (maybe), and I have productive freak outs.
It’s like productive insomnia. We should bottle it and sell it to all the people.
And, if y’all want to keep up on my writing and things a bit more real-time, try my Tumblr. Yeah, it’s kinda fandom(s) heavy, but it’s kinda fun. I’ve totally come out all of it with new things to read and listen too because fandom is huge and awesomely weird.
I don’t have anything done from it yet (actually, I’m kinda still incubating it a bit), but I think I might be ready to talk a little bit more about it.
So, for those of you playing the Home Game, once upon a time, I was a dyed-in-the-wool academic.
Still am, actually; I just do art-y things now that write papers or present at conference mostly.
And, if you’ve heard this all before, please feel free to skip to the end. Just like in Princess Bride. I promise there will be no damaging of perfect breasts in this. No breasts were remotely harmed in the making of this post. Swear.
But, yeah, academic, and I don’t fanart well because, while I’m an artist, I’m not really a draw-people type artist. I’m conceptual and mixed media with sculptural tendencies and a hankering (sic) for fiber. So–drawing, not really part of my wheel-house except when we’re talking about things like my unnamed friends or the beast series.
It’s just how I roll: fast and outta control.
I’m also post-postmodern (or quixotic postmodern or conscientious postmodern–something of that nature), which means that I deconstruct, analyze (and is it just me that “analyze” is kinda a pervy word?), meta, reconstruct, and meta some more.
Again, this is why popular culture/Visual Culture, fairytales, and mythology are like my THING. They’re inherently meta, and I can just fiddle meta about.
What I’m planning is kinda a two (maybe three?) pronged series where bits and pieces of fanfic are going to be translated into embroidered pieces and/or giant Word Art (because Word Art was always one of those things I enjoyed playing with and working on, but I really haven’t had anything Word Art-y in the process since I left Art School because it always seems to take up so much space and there’s already a space issue in my studio because old art hasn’t sold or hasn’t been boxed properly to be sent to storage), and there’ll be sculptural not-installations that are meta character studies like I’m totally cos-playing evil-werewolf!Stiles from Dogs of War by Saucery and this image by creature13 and have plans to install the costume as an art piece with these sources cited. And I have ideas for semi-Cubist metal sculptures/wall pieces that are, like, gestural experiences of certain characters or moments from fandom and stuff with exquisite-corpse-esque interpretations of media.
So, yeah, it’s gonna be fanart, but it’s gonna be fanart in that was that isn’t in a traditionally-fanart way.
…I’m likely to end up being really unpopular everywhere? Maybe?
I’m very good at citation. I swear.
And, because I know most people don’t read my blog for me being all wordy and blathery and stuff, here’s some yarn (imaged as a process) that I just finished up.
And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:
Also, since we’re here and talking about yarn and fiber and things, I’m going to be at ArtStreet off and on all weekend with the Traveling Treadlers. Also, I have my class information, if people are interested in classing with me:
“Give Spinning a Whirl.”: An Introduction to Spinning Yarn <–Sorry bad!title is bad. We tried “Spinning, yo.”, but I didn’t want a Knitta-Please-level of awfulness; the only other thing we were coming up with was “You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round.”, but we figured it was wrong for the demographics.
When: Thursday, September 13th 4 – 6p.m.
Saturday, September 29th 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Tuesday, November 13th 4-6
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $50–includes drop spindle and roving
6-in-6: Six Books Types in Six Hours
When: Saturday, November 10th 1-4
Sunday, November 11th 1-4
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $60–includes materials
Additionally, Gallery Nite is coming up on Sept 20th. I’ll be there demo-ing and trying to be charming.
Questions, comments, concerns? What to ask me what I’m thinking with this fandom stuff? Go for it! I do enjoy chatting about this stuff.
Leave your thoughts in the comments, and we can all have a nice chat about it.
Okay, yes, real art-blog business. Right. A real post.
*tra lala la la la la la*
The ADHD is bad today. Sorry about that.
*insert segue here*
So, my studio at the ARTgarage is the size of a sneeze. Totally. Like, if I take Vincent (my spinning wheel) in there with me, there’s about a foot to a foot-and-a-half of space in front and behind me with maybe 8 inches on either side.*
*I don’t know how accurate those measurements are since I have never actually measured when I was in my studio spinning. That’d be weird.
This is the view into my studio coming through another Ahliah Zia Shashonah’s studio. We actually confuse people because our aesthetics are similar enough that it looks like one big studio. It’s not, though.
Most of the work that I do in this studio is pastel work, spinning, ink, bookmaking, sewing, or the occasionally layer media over monoprint (this is still a developing thing for me). I get a lot done in a small space and have some lovely display space.
…it also means that I actually have to talk to people on occasion. If I only worked in the tentacle-made studio at Hemlock House, then I’d probably never speak to anyone other than you lovely people.
And, lastly, my easel, which I have had since I was a teenager, with the first piece in the beast series still on it.
So, yeah, that’s my sneeze-sized studio. Come by the ARTgarage, and you might see me in it.
And, since we’re on the ARTgarage and me haunting the place on a semi-regular basis, I’m teaching some classes for them this fall: 3 drop spindle workshops (Sept. 13th, Oct, 13th, and Nov. 13th) and a 6 books in 6 hours bookmaking class (Sept. 29th and 30th). So, if any of those are interesting to you, let me know or check out the classes section of the ARTgarage website.
Mine are not currently listed because they were just turned in last week, but yeah, they’ll be there soon. I hope.
My friends from Hello Purl were interview on their success on Etsy today. <–I didn’t get to see it this morning ’cause I was being all work-y at The Job, but I’m excited to have seen it shared by other fiber-friends on Facebook.
Etsy is described as the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace. It’s an online site where crafters and artists can sell their handmade or vintage items. Many local artists and crafters are finding success on Etsy. But it does take some know-how and persistence. Kelly Grace Quakkelaar sews fabric headbands, passport covers, checkbook covers and more. She has sold thousands of items on her etsy site “Gracie Designs.” She stopped by the studio to share advice on how to make a site like Etsy work for you. Here are her 5 tips.
1. Take Great Photos!
2. Give your shop a cohesive feel via products or branding
3. Think like a buyer, not a crafter when setting up your shop
4. Don’t undervalue your work with cheap prices
5. List fewer items, more often
Be sure to watch the video to hear her explain each tip.
Fiber artist Melissa Bohrtz also stopped by to talk about her success on Etsy. She and Jessie Nordholm sell their hand dyed and spun yarn on the etsy site “Hello Purl.”